Shannon P. Laws, born Seattle WA, lives ninety miles north in Bellingham where she was honored with a Mayor’s Arts Award in 2013 for coordination of various poetry events and 2016 in recognition for her LP radio production work promoting northwest artists. She received the Community Champion Award, 2015, courtesy of the Writer’s International Network in Richmond, B.C., Canada for collaboration with World Peace Poets. Shannon’s publications include three poetry books, Fallen, Madrona Grove, and chapbook Odd Little Things.
Her poetry has appeared in Clover-A Literary Rag, Five Willows Literary Review, From Bellingham With Love, VerseWrights, Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, and Last Call: An Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry. Poems have appeared online at WritingRaw.com and Lamentforthe-Dead.org. The poem “Lights Tonight,” was an Honorable Mention for the Women’s March on Bellingham January 21, 2017.
Shannon has performed at various Northwest Washington and British Columbia venus including the Jack McCarthy Evergreen Invitational Slam, Western Washington University’s Erotic Poetry Night, the West Coast Tagore Festival, Writers International Network Canada, Everett Poetry Night, Auburn Days, Poets in the Park (Redmond), Book Tree (Kirkland), King’s Books (Tacoma), San Juan Island Public Library, Bellingham venues including Village Books Literature LIVE, Greene’s Corner, Poetry Night, The Alternative Library, Creekside Open Mic, and Kitchen Sessions. Shannon worked as a contributing poet for the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company’s “Phrasings” collaboration. She is also a co-founding member of World Peace Poets Bellingham (2013-2015) and her company Chickadee Productions.